Schüco supports investors, architects, building consultants and partners in all project phases – from the initial idea through to dismantling a façade. This includes advice on certification, designs using sustainable systems, environmental product declarations and recycling the building envelope.
In the construction sector, sustainability means designing, constructing and operating a property in such a way that it is ecologically, economically and socioculturally future-proof. This requires high-quality, innovative and resource-conserving products and solutions. As a driving force behind innovation, here Schüco offers concepts and product solutions with the best possible support for investors, architects, building consultants and metal fabricators in all phases of a project. In practice, that means from the initial idea through to dismantling a façade – support including advice and designs with sustainable systems, environmental product declarations and recycling of the building envelope. At Schüco, this holistic approach orientated around the cycle of buildings is called »360° sustainability«.
Comparison of materials: potential for recycling aluminium, PVC-U and timber
The use of sustainable products and the use of materials with outstanding recycling properties which allow for dismantling at a later time and recyclability are important requirements for »360° sustainability«. Buildings are the raw material reserves of the future. In an independent study carried out by Drees & Sommer together with PE International, windows and façades made from different materials – aluminium, PVC-U, timber, timber/aluminium – were compared on the basis of sustainability criteria. The result verified by international experts is that, in terms of ecology, aluminium and PVC-U are as valuable as timber and, overall, yield equivalent results. The excellent recycling potential of aluminium and PVC-U as well as the characteristics of aluminium, i.e. durability, low running costs for the operation of the building and the range of design options combined with a low weight and high stability, are particularly positive.
360° sustainability – from the idea to recycling